- Content Description
The papers consist of writings and correspondence of and about theologian Jonathan Edwards and his family that were held by the Andover Newton Theological Seminary from the mid-nineteenth century until 2017. The collection includes sermons and other writings by Edwards, his correspondence with contemporaries, family correspondence including letters among Edwards, his wife and their children, his sisters, and his parents, and other family papers, including sermons by his father-in-law James Pierpont, who is regarded as one of the founders of Yale College. A few of the letters and other items are written on the versos of printed broadsides. The papers also include editorial work carried out by Edwards’s descendants, including grandson Yale President Timothy Dwight and his sons Sereno E. Dwight and William T. Dwight, including manuscript copies of Edwards’s writings chiefly made by Sereno E. Dwight, and correspondence among later Edwards descendants and Andover faculty members who had married into the Edwards family, as well as others, documenting further editorial projects.
Throughout the papers is evidence of the scholarship and editorial work by generations of Edwards descendants in the form of notes and descriptions accompanying many of the items, often on former enclosures that also bear a previous numbering system for the papers. Additional notes by Andover librarians and archivists and by editors of the Yale edition of Edwards’s works are also occasionally present.
- Conditions Governing Access
This collection is open for research.
Sermons in Series II may be accessed only one folder at at time.
- Immediate Source of Acquisition
Acquired as part of the establishment of the Andover Newton Seminary at Yale Divinity School, 2017.
Organized into six series: I. Manuscripts, circa 1650-1764, undated. II. Sermons, 1733-1758. III. Miscellaneous Papers, 1685-1714, undated. IV. Letters Regarding Edwards Manuscripts, 1824-1903. V. Additional Edwards-Related Materials, 1714-1901. VI. Andover Newton Theological Seminary Collection File, 1957-2017.
Andover Newton Theological Seminary collection of Jonathan Edwards
Call Number: GEN MSS 1542